Spotlights & Interviews

Interview with Artist Eliza Cope

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Hello, my name is Eliza.

I’m a 19-year-old artist from Salt Lake City, UT. Like most people, I drew a lot when I was a little kid. My friends and I would turn into magical creatures running around the second we were outside for recess. Creativity feels like it’s so much a part of me. It never stopped feeling important. When I was a junior in High School, I signed up for the Studio Art class. That’s where it all blossomed for me.

Tell us about your art style.

My art style has often been described at “sketchy” or even “hairy” (that one I find funny) and there have been some recent professors that have told me I need to clean it up a bit (or clean shave it I guess?)

I think my method, regardless of medium, is tons and tons of layers. The art is grows and develops as I put more energy and time into it.

Where do you find the most inspiration in your day to day life?

Exploring in every way I can helps to inspire me. One of my favorite things to do is play my music on shuffle and then see where my mood goes. Good references are also extremely important. Ultimately writing down possibilities of what I want to communicate and then trying them out is a big part of the process. I think inspiration is something that happens throughout the progress of a piece.

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What three words would you use to describe yourself as a creative individual?

Determined, intelligent, sensitive

How have you dealt with discouragement in the creative world? Where do you look for positivity and encouragement?

I believe creativity is one of the most vulnerable things a person can do, no matter the field. Doing something or thinking about something in a completely different or new way can be just as exhausting as it can be exhilarating.

To create is to be brave.

I try to listen to my own thoughts regarding myself. If what I’m doing feels important to me, then that’s reason enough to do it.

Who are some creative women that inspire you the most?

Wenqing Yan is one of my all time favorite artists. She expresses her thoughts so confidently through her artwork and she is so exploratory in her subject matter. She’s a digital artist which is a medium I’ve only gently explored, and her work is truly remarkable. I remember first seeing her work when I was maybe 12 or 13, completely awestruck, and thinking to myself “Could I ever be that good?”

She’s still miles ahead of me of course, but it’s been amazing to watch my own progress in just a few years.

Describe your creative work space.

My creative space fluctuates from extremely cluttered to cleanly organized. My desk is decorated with things that make me happy even down to the cup that holds my pencils. Colorful keepsakes, framed photographs. A lot of natural light. Quotes, notes and artwork taped on the wall. Music is almost always playing.

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What tips would you give our readers to help inspire their creativity?

Don’t stop. Take breaks, because rest is healthy, as well as other aspects of life need attending, but don’t stop when you become frustrated or discouraged. Sometimes I get overwhelmed and I over complicate my to-do list or my goals as one mountain that I have to hike in a single day. On top of that I’m a complete perfectionist. But! Something is better than nothing. Simplify and break things down, and encourage yourself. Don’t give up!!

What do you love most about being a creative woman?

I can teach that true art isn’t easy, but it’s so worth it. I can teach how much intelligence and mental strength go into putting yourself out there and creating. I am completely infatuated with every aspect of Art and If I can be responsible for something to exist, why not let it be wonderful?

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